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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

INTERNATIONAL : Germany, Spain, Argentina win friendlies

Germany came from behind to beat France 2-1 in Paris.

Mathieu Valbuena scored the opening goal to put Les Bleus in front in the first half, but Thomas Muller and Sami Khedira turned the tables in the second 45 minutes as Germany started the year with a win.

Germany's second goal might have been slightly offside, but the visitors had arguably done enough to celebrate a win in the French capital.

Spain claimed a 3-1 victory in an entertaining friendly encounter with Uruguay in Qatar.

Cesc Fabregas gave Spain the lead as Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera flapped at his long-distance strike, but Cristian Rodriguez levelled the scores after 32 minutes.

Spain earned victory with two second-half goals from Pedro Rodriguez - the final goal thansk to a superb assit by Fabregas.

Argentina were 3-2 winners at Sweden in a match that produced an action-packed start, with four goals in the opening 23 minutes.

An own goal from Mikael Lustig put Argentina ahead in the third minute, but West Brom defender Jonas Olsson drew Sweden level in the 17th minute.

Two goals in four minutes from Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain soon afterwards earned the South Americans the victory, with Rasmus Elm's late strike nothing more than a consolation.

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